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March 4, 2015

Republican Tony Tinderholt sent a handwritten complaint, but it was sent to the wrong judge

A Texas lawmaker who believes in 'traditional marriage' has said a gay couple of 30 years shouldn't be able to get married.

State Representative Tony Tinderholt, a 44-year-old Republican in Arlington who has been married five times, has filed a handwritten complaint against the judge that permitted the state's first - and so far only - same-sex marriage.

Somewhat embarrassingly, the Tea Party politician sent it to the wrong judge and showed he doesn't quite understand the law.

March 4, 2015

First central European country to recognize same-sex marriage

Slovenia has become the first central European country to legalize gay marriage

Parliament Tuesday (3 February) extended all marriage rights, including adoption, to gay couples by a vote of 51 to 28, with five absentations.

United Left MP Matej Vatovec said parliamentary support ensured Slovenia would become a 'truly tolerant and inclusive community.'

'Today Slovenia is entering the 21st century,' he said.

March 3, 2015

Do you need to care for a sick spouse? The revised act now allows eligible US employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specific family and medical reasons

The US Department of Labor has issued new rulings that revise the definition of spouse in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 1993. The new ruling recognizes same-sex spouses.

The ruling was issued last week (25 February) and will take effect on 27 March. Eligible employees who are in a recognized same-sex marriage will be able to take federal, job-protected FMLA leave – up to 12 work weeks a year – to care for their spouse or family member.

March 3, 2015

Will it become the first Central European country with marriage equality?

Slovenia could become the first Central European country with marriage equality following a vote tonight (3 March).

Parliamentarians will vote on the same-sex marriage bill, with a vote planned for around 7pm local time. If passed, it will be sent to President Borut Pahor to be signed into law. 

Suggested by the opposition party United Left (ZL), the sponsors of the bill said Slovenia's constitution calls for all members of society to be provided with equal rights, and the bill will extend those to rights to all groups.

March 2, 2015

Could become the 38th US state with marriage equality

A federal judge has overturned Nebraska's state ban on same-sex marriage.

District Judge Joseph Bataillon has ruled the ban is unconstitutional, allowing county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on 9 March.

'All relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage,' he said.

Attorney General Doug Peterson is appealing the judge's order.

March 1, 2015

Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Friday he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent media reports saying that he is 'evolving' on the issue

'No. I believe in traditional marriage,' Jeb Bush said on stage at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when asked by conservative commentator Sean Hannity if his views had changed on same-sex marriage.

Bush has declared his interest in running for president of the United States in 2016.

His latest comments show that even if his private views on LGBT issues are changing, he is still publicly opposed to marriage equality.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 26, 2015

'Can they marry one of the same sex and one of the opposite sex?'

Alabama's Chief Justice has suggested that bisexual and transgender people want to marry two different partners. 

In an interview with Associated Press on Monday, Moore claimed that if the Supreme Court vote to legalize gay marriage nationwide, it will open up the door for bisexual and transgender people to marry two different partners, one male and one female. 

'You're taking any definition of a family away,' said Moore. 

February 26, 2015

Human Rights Campaign fires back at the American Family Association in a scathing blog post

The American Family Association (AFA) has published an 'anti-Christian bigotry map' that pinpoints the exact locations for all the offices of two LGBTI rights groups.

The map divides 'bigots' into four categories: anti-Christians, atheists, humanists and those with a 'homosexual agenda.'

February 26, 2015

Marriage success 10 years ago made liberal Canada complacent while anti-gay forces marched on

A debate on changes to Ontario’s sexual education curriculum is shattering the myth of Canada as a role model for inclusivity and diversity and exposing our nasty side.

February 26, 2015

'Would you rather me send letters all year? Or you listen the first time? Your choice'

A nine-year-old girl has written a letter to US Congress demanding the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Maggie from Texas decided that for lent this year she is going to write one letter a week advocating for the rights of the LGBTI community, reports Buzzfeed

February 25, 2015

Civil partnership ceremonies were scrapped in 2012

Queensland is making moves to reinstate state-sanctioned civil union ceremonies for gay couples.

The state attorney-general, Yvette D'Ath, said Wednesday(25 February) the new Labor government would make good on an election pledge and re-introduce civil partnership ceremonies after they were scrapped in 2012.

'It’s something that I’m getting briefings on as we speak,' she told Fairfax Radio.

'We have made it clear we will change it back. We’re putting in place (measures) to do that now.'

February 25, 2015

Our laws as they stand are having an unjust and disproportionate impact on those of religious faith', says Northern Ireland Bishop

The Catholic Church has spoken out in favour of a proposed equality clause that would permit anti-gay discrimination.

In December, DUP minister Paul Given introduced his Freedom of Conscience Bill to the Northern Ireland legislative assembly, which would allow people with strongly held religious views to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

February 25, 2015

A judge has refused to grant the adoption until the Supreme Court makes a decision on same-sex marriage

The lesbian couple whose lawsuit overturned Alabama's same-sex marriage law have had an adoption petition refused by a probate judge. 

Kim McKeand and Cari Searcy, who have been together for 16 years, were responsible for filing the lawsuit that lead to U.S District Judge Callie Granade to rule Alabama's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional last month (23 January). 

February 25, 2015

'No matter who you love, you will receive the same rights and protections as everyone else'

The Obama administration has redefined the term 'spouse' to include married gay couples.

The plans, which have been published today by The Department of Labour in a new 52-page document, will grant gay couples the Federal right to job-protected leave from their place of work, so they can take care of a sick partner, child or parent under the 1993 Family and Medical Leave act (FMLA).

February 24, 2015

Parliamentary committee votes overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage

A Swiss legislative panel has voted overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage.

The legal affairs committee last week recommended that the National Council adopt a parliamentary initiative called Marriage for All.

The vote was 12 in favor, two opposed, with one abstention.

The initiative, which was submitted by the Green Liberal Party, calls on the legislature to open up marriage to gay couples, and registered partnerships to straight couples.

Registered partnerships for gay couples have been recognized since January 2007.

February 22, 2015

Shocking leaflets urge people to vote against gay marriage because gays are more likely to get cancer, be promiscuous and abuse children

Vile anti-gay leaflets being circulated in Dublin, Ireland are urging people to vote against gay marriage because gay people are ‘more likely to get cancer.’

Yesterday (21 February), images of anti-gay leaflets began to circulate on Twitter from people who were shocked they had been handed to them at an event.

February 21, 2015

Physical and verbal homophobic attacks against gay men on the rise as Ireland prepares to vote on marriage equality in referendum in May

As public debates heat up ahead of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum to be held on May 22, LGBT people are being warned to take safety precautions when meeting strangers they have only ‘met’ online.

The Irish Examiner reported this week that a series of reports of orchestrated attacks by assailants using websites and dating apps to attract their victim have surfaced.

February 21, 2015

'The rogue actions of Travis County judges do not withstand the scrutiny of law'

Texas wants its highest court to void the marriage license of the southern state's only legally married same-sex couple.

Yesterday, 20 February, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court.

February 20, 2015

This is the first Finnish bill petitioned by the public and approved as a law

Finland's president has signed the same-sex marriage bill into law today, but couples will have to wait until 2017 to get married.

President Sauli Niinistö confirmed the new law that will make marriage gender neutral will come into force on 1 March 2017.

This is the first piece of legislation that has been brought to Parliament by the public, under the citizens' initiative, and approved as the law of the land.

LGBTI rights activists have hailed the change as not only historic, but a symbolic, move to equality.

February 19, 2015

New South Wales politician voted against same-sex marriage in 2013

The opposition leader in New South Wales has u-turned on gay marriage after voting against reform in the Australian state in 2013.

On becoming Labor leader in January, Luke Foley said he would keep 'an open mind' and 'continue to reflect' on the issue, which cynics saw as a non-commital halfway ground ahead of the March elections.

But today, the practising Catholic spoke in favor of overturning a federal ban on gay marriage.

February 19, 2015

Tokyo ward announces plan to recognize same-sex couples

Japan's prime minister has put up a constitutional barrier to gay marriage after a Tokyo ward announced plans to recognize same-sex couples.

Shinzo Abe told parliament Wednesday (18 February) that the issue 'concerns the foundation of how families in our country should be and thus requires extremely careful consideration.'

The current constitution 'does not envisage marriage between people of the same sex,' he said.

February 19, 2015

Yokohama mayor says the conservative country must accept same-sex relationships 'for the sake of the economy'

The mayor of Yokohama, Japan's second largest city, has said a Tokyo ward's draft ordinance to recognize gay couples had galvanized her to introduce similar measures.

Fumiko Hayashi yesterday hailed Shibuya's plan to issue certificates recognizing gay relationships as equivalent to marriages as a 'very good move.'

February 19, 2015

State's Supreme Court issues emergency order blocking other same-sex couples from obtaining licenses

For now, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant are the only legally married same-sex couple in the giant state of Texas.

And they might be for awhile.

The couple has been together for 30 years and were married in Austin on Thursday (19 February). They said their vows in front of the Travis County Clerk’s Office, according to The Austin American Statesman.